Oklahoma Guard commander defends rejecting vaccine mandate as Pentagon warns troops who refuse

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(Worthy News) – The Oklahoma National Guard’s commanding general Wednesday defended his directive countermanding federal requirements that all U.S. personnel be vaccinated against the , telling troops in a private town hall event that he was following orders from the state’s governor and meant no disrespect to his superiors at the .

Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino, speaking to several dozen members of the Oklahoma National Guard in Oklahoma City, cast himself as an apolitical leader bound by law to answer to Gov. Kevin Stitt (R), who fired the state’s previous National Guard commander last week and ordered Mancino the next day to issue a policy allowing members to avoid the vaccine.

The extraordinary move by Stitt has prompted interest among multiple governors and National Guard commanders to explore similar policies in their states, Oklahoma officials said, while leaving the Biden administration with little recourse but to hold individual service members accountable for refusing lawful orders that their immediate chain of command has disavowed. [ Source: MSN (Read More…) ]

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